Man, 52, is facing charge of theft of cattle

RURAL Crime Prevention Team detectives arrested and charged a 52-year-old man from Merrylands at the Oberon Police Station on Thursday, March 1. 

Police will allege that the man stole eight Angus cows and eight Angus calves from a 71-year-old Oberon man. The cattle were stolen from the Oberon area in early February this year.

All of the stolen cattle have been recovered.

The Merrylands man has been granted strict bail to appear at Lithgow Local Court on April 5, 2018 to answer the charge of stealing cattle.

The maximum sentence for stealing cattle is 14 years imprisonment.

Further charges are to be referred to the Biosecurity Act 2015.

This arrest was the result of a combined effort from the Rural Crime Prevention Teams working across three police districts.

Detectives say they were assisted in the investigation by the timely report of the theft by the owner of the cattle, good farm management practices and crucial information from the public.

Anyone with any information about rural crime is asked to contact local police, the Rural Crime Investigator or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.